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Overall B+

Ten-years-old Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) rebels against the customs of her world by wanting to buy a bike -- something only boys are allowed to ride! This foreign film, created by female writer/director Haifaa Al-Mansouris, is shot in Saudi Arabia, with dialogue in the Arabic language and English subtitles.

Violence B+
Sexual Content B+
Profanity A-
Substance Use B

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking.

Why is Wadjda rated PG?

Official MPAA Rating: Wadjda is rated PG for for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking.

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Violence: School children are punished by serving detentions (standing outside the classroom in the hot sun) and publicly reprimanded by having their indiscretions announced to the rest of their peers. A young boy teases a girl by stealing her lunch. Characters play a violent video game. A boy verbally threatens a man in a lower social rank. A child falls off a bike and injures her leg. A child speaks disrespectfully to her mother. A character lies.

Sexual Content: Two female students are falsely accused of inappropriate sexual conduct. A man makes a rude sexual remark to a female child. Characters gossip about girls caught with boys who are not family members. A woman tries on a provocative dress. Female menstruation and virginity are mentioned. A young girl shows her classmates pictures of her wedding to a twenty-year-old man. A man considers marrying a second wife.

Language: Characters regularly use the names of Deity in scripture and as colloquial phrases (ie: “God willing”). Infrequent mild profanity is used.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A mother smokes on a couple of occasions.

Other: Characters regularly ignore rules, and do such things as listening to forbidden music, following football teams, spending time with opposite genders who aren’t family members and learning to ride a bike (which only boys are allowed to do).